The women journalists were arrested late on Sunday night. The court has asked him to appear before the Kakraban police station for questioning.
New Delhi: Two women journalists, who were detained by the Tripura Police on Sunday for reporting on the recent communal violence in the state, were granted bail on Monday afternoon. The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court in Tripura’s Gomti district had granted bail.
Journalists Samridhi Sakuniya and Swaran Jha got bail hours after they were arrested in Assam’s Nilambazar late on Sunday night. Each journalist will have to furnish a surety bond of Rs 1 lakh each. 75,000 more have been asked to appear before the Kakraban police station.
Advocate Piyush Biswas said, “Two women journalists have been granted bail on surety of Rs 75,000 each. The court has asked them to appear before Kakraban police station where the case was registered. They were released after questioning. Will go.” Appeared before the court, said.
Earlier in the day, the Editors Guild of India condemned the arrest of the journalists and demanded immediate release as well as restoration of their freedom to travel.
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In October, women journalists working for HW News Network had visited different parts of Tripura for three days for ground coverage on reports of vandalism in some religious institutions. These incidents reportedly happened within days of religious sabotage in neighboring Bangladesh.
In an official statement, HW News Network said that the Assam Police told its journalists that there was no case against him but Tripura Police has sought his detention.
The statement also said that the Assam Police said the journalists would be taken to Tripura for further questioning, “despite police giving them seven days’ notice to leave the hotel and record their statement”.
First published:November 15, 2021, 6:12 pm